Are your kids bugging you for one last vacation before their summer break ends? If so, consider making your way to Scottsdale for a back-to-school adventure. There are plenty of places of where you can spend your summer adventure at but Scottsdale will always take the cake. Scottsdale features an abundance of exciting activities and events like no other. Take a look at what your back-to-school vacation in Scottsdale will look like this year:

Visit OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland

Scottsdale is one of the biggest cities that make up the Phoenix Valley here in Arizona. You will find that the size encompasses so many different attractions that include the OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland. OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest and features thousands of underwater critters in over two million gallons of water. You and your family will be able to explore interactive exhibits that features your favorite animals including a variety of fish, sharks, rays, penguins, octopus, jellyfish, and so much more.

Part of the joy is taking part in their special programs that let you get hands on. The SeaTREK has you donning a wetsuit and helmet and walk underwater surrounded by live animals. The Penguin Encounter will get you a personal meeting with loveable African penguins and learn all about their behaviors. Or check out the Sloth Encounter, where you can meet Squidney, the cutest and slowest moving mammal here at the aquarium.

Combine your visit with a stop in Butterfly Wonderland for a full day of fun. You will find this expansive attraction right next door to OdySea Aquarium, making it easy to get to. Butterfly Wonderland is the largest butterfly conservation in the country that houses over 60 different species of butterflies. The conservatory lets you walk in and see these beautiful creatures up close; you may even have a few land on you if you remain still when around them! Enjoy the 3D theater that lets you learn about the life of a butterfly. Additional exhibits include the rainforest reptile exhibit, bee hive, and tropical waters. You can combine your passes to save for the whole family whenever you visit these two popular attractions in Scottsdale!

Check Out McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Scottsdale is full of sprawling parks where you can take the young kids to run around and play. The park is home to a vintage train that the kids can still ride on. The train museum features plenty of exhibits that are both educational and exciting to see up close. The classic carousel take the kids on an enjoyable ride. There are two separate playgrounds where everyone can break free on and run their energy off. You can find the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park nearby Old Town Scottsdale making it easy to get to.

Make Art at As You Wish Pottery

If you are looking to beat the heat during your stay and want a creative outlet for your kids simply take them over to As You Wish Pottery. They offer several different locations around the valley including one here in Scottsdale. Their fully stocked studios allow you to pick out your own pottery that you can paint until your heart is content. They offer a huge selection for the kids to pick from ensuring they will find exactly what they are looking for. Visitors are able to purchase paint and all the other necessary items you need for a successful painting.

Go to a Splash Pad On Your Back-to-School Vacation in Scottsdale

Everyone knows that Phoenix and the surrounding valley is hot during the summer so finding the nearest water is necessary. The young kids can have a blast at one of the many splash pads found in the city. These free water playgrounds are perfect for little ones to cool off and escape the heat. You can find these splash pads nearby most shopping centers making it easy to find the closest one to you.

Cool Off at Great Wolf Lodge

On the hottest days of the summer you may not want to be outside even if there’s an option to jump in the water. If you find a day like that head over to Great Wolf Lodge and purchase a pass to enjoy their indoor water park. Enjoy the combination of air conditioning along with cool water as everyone goes down the water slides or sit around in the lazy river. The whole family can have a blast at a place like this!

Get Ready for Your Summer in Scottsdale

Cooling off in Scottsdale has never been so exciting as it is right before the kids return to school. Our vacation rentals will keep you close to these exciting attractions and activities so you can spend more time focused on how to relax before returning home.

There is nothing quite like turning up the heat during the summer season and there is no better place to do that than Scottsdale. Sure, Arizona is known to get hot during the summer season, but Scottsdale has all the incredible summer activities and events that will keep you cool and having fun. The summer season will be in full swing by the time the Fourth of July holiday reaches here. Scottsdale has a variety of events planned already to make sure it will be one to remember. Best of all, this year’s Fourth of July lands on a Thursday allowing you to enjoy an extended weekend with us here in Arizona. Take a look at what is expected for a Scottsdale Fourth of July celebration:

Scottsdale 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The fun returns this summer when Scottsdale’s 4th of July Celebration takes center stage on the national holiday. This will be the 11th consecutive year for the event that has become one of the top Fourth of July celebrations in the entire Phoenix Valley. The event is held at Westworld where you will find a variety of patriotic events and activities waiting for you.

The Scottsdale 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration starts at 5:00 p.m. where you can enjoy the fan favorite Copper State Rodeo that also includes bull riding. The kids will enjoy a variety of children activities including musical chairs, cake walks, face painting, and more. Foodies will want to sign up for the 2nd Annual Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers Summer Slider Eating Contest with a variety of grand prizes on the line. The National Anthem and a presentation of colors will take place prior to the 5th Annual Parade of Heroes that takes place near the end of the event.

No Fourth of July celebration can be complete without a fireworks show and the Scottsdale 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration will not disappoint. In fact, they are gearing up for the largest fireworks display for the entire history of Scottsdale! The fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. sharp with the event ending at the conclusion of the fireworks. You do not want to miss out on this truly stunning Fourth of July celebration that is sure to be the biggest event yet in its history. The Scottsdale 11th Annual 4th of July Celebration is a cashless event so make sure to have your debit or credit card on hand for any purchases you plan on making.

July 4th Freedom Run

Continue the holiday festivities into the weekend with the annual July 4th Freedom Run taking place in Phoenix. This will be the 14th consecutive year for the race that brings together thousands of runners and walkers to celebrate the holiday. All proceeds of the July 4th Freedom Run will benefit Hope for the Warriors, a comprehensive non-profit supporting veterans, service members, and their families.

The event is your typical race that includes a 5K, 10K, 13.1 mile, and 1 mile family fun run. The event can even have you race in groups of friends or family members to stay together. The family 1 mile run is the perfect opportunity to have young children participate in the event too. For those who want to avoid the crowds you can always sign up for the virtual run and keep your race locally in Scottsdale. All participants will receive a running t-shirt, towel at the finishing line, finisher’s medal, and training pack. All the clothing will be sent to you before the event while the race bib will be picked up in person on race day. Attendees are required to sign up in advance to participate in this highly popular race that is coming back for its biggest year yet. Don’t miss out on the July 4th Freedom Run taking place here in Phoenix.

Summer Activities

Take advantage of your stay for the holiday to enjoy some summer fun here in Scottsdale. You can head outside of the city limits to find the Salt River that is perfect to enjoy a day of floating on a tube down the river or try your hand at paddle boarding. Scottsdale is also close to Canyon Lake and the Verde River that provide opportunities for kayaking and other aquatic fun. Head over to Old Town Scottsdale to find some of the hottest restaurants and cocktail lounges in the city. OdySea Aquarium is the perfect spot to stay indoors and check out some stunning underwater exhibits with the kids. Scottsdale really has it all!

Get Ready for Your Stay This Scottsdale Fourth of July

The fun never ends in Scottsdale and that includes the summer season this year. Reserve one of our vacation rentals in the area to have the best patriotic stay right here in the city.

The summer season is always an exciting time to travel somewhere new. Maybe you are traveling while taking a break from work or the kids are done with school for the summer. Either way, the summer season is a great time to visit Scottsdale. Sure, Arizona may be hot in the summer, but there are plenty of ways for you to cool off during your stay with lively events. The month of June has a variety of events that we are sure you will love. Take a look at the top Arizona summer events taking place this June right here in Scottsdale.

Summer Concert Series at Railroad Park

The summer season is a great time to enjoy a lineup of live musical acts. If rotating artists of weekly concerts sounds up your alley, head on over to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for their annual Summer Concert Series. Every Sunday night starting at 7:00 PM the Railroad Park will host a different musical artist. The event is absolutely free and is perfect for families to attend. In fact, the Railroad Park has been named one of the top music venues in the state of Arizona, so you can expect a great time. The series continues through the month of June until June 23rd when the final performance is scheduled.

The month of June features artists including Outside the Lines, Candle in the Wind, Backdoor Funk, and DJ TranzL8R. You will find a variety of genres on deck including Motown, Top 40, funk, R&B, and many more. The event features a rotating selection of food trucks too so the family will never have to go hungry. Let the kids take a break from the music by enjoying train and carousel rides that are just $3 each. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy some time in the park. The Summer Concert Series is one of our favorite events in June!

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

There is nothing better than feeling like a local whenever you visit somewhere new. One of the best ways to do just that is by visiting the local farmers’ market. Luckily, Old Town Scottsdale has its own farmers’ market that runs until the end of June, just in time for your trip. This will be the 14th consecutive year for the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market that features over 100 local growers from the region. You will find a variety of pesticide free and organic produce along with season specialties, flowers, beef, natural pork, fish, and free range eggs. If you need ingredients for your meal at your vacation rental, simply stop by the market. You can even purchase seasonal goods too such as fresh baked artisan bread, fine cheeses, tamales, jams, and much more. The farmers’ market can be found of Brown Ave between 1st and 2nd Streets right by The Mission Restaurant. During the month of June the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market will be open every Sunday from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Don’t miss out on this local event!

June Days

What makes one event even better is by having it be a combination of smaller events all throughout the month. That is where June Days comes in with its selection of incredible events. This is a celebration of all things that make Scottsdale so unique. You will find a variety of events including crafting workshops, art exhibits, wine tastings, family oriented outings, and live music performances. This year’s June Days will include awesome events such as the Wine Trail, Printmaking for Tweens, Wonderspaces, Gold Palette Art Walk, Glow Up Party, and much more. The events run all throughout the month of June so no matter when you visit you will find June Days events waiting for you.

Arizona Summer Events at Camp Ocean

Give the kids a unique and educational experience like no other when you sign them up for Camp Ocean. This exciting summer camp takes place over at OdySea Aquarium where the kids will have all kinds of camps to choose from. The Fins, Feathers, and Fur: All About Animals camp is great for grades 1-2 where they learn about the unique animals on the ocean floor. Land, Sea, and Sky: Habitats of the World is for grades 3-5 and focuses on the different habitats our ocean critters live in. Finally, Junior Marine Biologists: Care & Conversation is great for middle schoolers as they better understand the planet and our oceans. Make sure to take a tour of OdySea Aquarium too to see some truly stunning habitats.

More Scottsdale Events This Summer

The fun in Scottsdale does not end in June with lively summer events taking place all season long. Book one of our vacation rentals in the area today and come see what the summer fun is all about.

When you visit Scottsdale, you can expect to find some of the hottest events in all of the Southwest. Scottsdale continues to be a trendsetter in lively events and activities that are sure to make your vacation in the area one to remember. One popular event will be returning very soon to critical acclaim. Of course, we are talking about nothing else but Arizona Restaurant Week! Each year, Arizona Restaurant Week takes place over the Phoenix Valley to thunderous fanfare. It is always a popular event and is almost here again. Take a look at what you can expect from Arizona Restaurant Week this year in Scottsdale:

What is Arizona Restaurant Week

If you have not visited Arizona before or have never participated in Arizona Restaurant Week, you may be unfamiliar with the event. This is a 10-day event that returns each year to give foodies and restaurant lovers a chance to try some of their favorite restaurants along with some new ones. Arizona Restaurant Week actually takes place in both the spring and fall seasons, giving locals two chances a year to indulge their taste buds. The spring season event is starting soon on May 17th and runs all the way through May 26th. Local restaurants are allowed to participate in the event and offer meals starting at $33 per person. This event allows businesses to bring in customers who may not have known the restaurant existed before setting them up as future patrons—and the customers get one heck of a deal during the event, too!

Participating Restaurants in Scottsdale

If you’re staying in Scottsdale, you will want to know all about the local restaurants in the area that are participating in the event. Scottsdale is home to some of the most popular and award-winning restaurants in all of Arizona. Arizona Restaurant Week currently has 160 different restaurants lined up with more on the way. All of these restaurants are spread out around the Phoenix Valley. However, you will find the majority of them are right here in Scottsdale. The city has 70 restaurants lined up for Arizona Restaurant Week, the most of any Phoenix suburb. Take a look at what some of our favorites are and what you can find on the menu:

B&B Cocktail Lounge

Bourbon & Bones Cocktail Lounge, more commonly referred to as B&B Cocktail Lounge, is a sophisticated yet casual bar right here in Old Town Scottsdale. The dishes are expertly prepared and the cocktails are always creative. They are known for their rare selection of bourbon, whiskey, and wine that are curated from all over the world. Their Arizona Restaurant Week dish is $55 per person and offers you a choice of starter between baked mushroom dip or spicy veggie roll. Next up, choose an entrée from the 7-ounce NY strip or seafood pasta. Finally, patrons have a choice of dessert of lemon tart or vanilla crème brûlée. Make sure to pair your meal with one of their delicious cocktails for the full experience!

The Mission

Another local favorite right here in Old Town Scottsdale is renowned restaurant The Mission. This Latin cuisine favorite mixes up recipes from Central America, South America, Spain, and Mexico for an incredible menu. All of the tortilla, salsas, and sauces are made in house fresh each day. The meat is infused with pecan and mesquite wood for delightful flavors. Patrons will have a choice of either lunch or dinner when they visit The Mission.

The lunch offering for Arizona Restaurant Week starts at $33 per person. You will get your choice of starter including chipotle Caesar salad, crispy pork and cola lima glaze, or black bean frybread; all guests will also be provided with complimentary Mission chips and smoked house salsa. Next, pick out your entrée with options including Peruvian carne torta, camarones a la diabla, or Chimayo marinated mushroom tacos. Dessert rounds out the selection between your choice of pumpkin bread pudding or espresso churros. Yum!

The dinner selection elevates your options and starts at $44 per person. The starter selection swaps out the Caesar salad for an option to pick dungeness and snow crab tostada among the other options. The entrée selection also elevates the experience between Faroe Island salmon, creekstone filet, or the cauliflower Veracruz, perfect for any vegetarians in your party. The same dessert options remain, which we honestly cannot complain about. The full-service bar can whip up any cocktail to order including their specialty margaritas.

Come Check Out Arizona Restaurant Week

As you can see, there are quite a few different reasons to be excited for the return of Arizona Restaurant Week. Find your favorite vacation rental of ours and stay close to the restaurants you are excited to try out!

Scottsdale is one of the top spots to visit all year round. But the spring, summer, and fall are the ideal times to explore this centrally located city, get to meet and chat with the locals, and see the beauty of nature that is right in front of you. One of the most wholesome ways to spend a relaxed weekend with family or friends during your much-needed vacation is to wander around the local farmer’s markets to pick up some fresh fruit or the nearby craft markets in Scottdale and the surrounding suburbs. Keep reading to see the must-visit places for your trip to Scottsdale this upcoming vacation.

North Scottsdale Farmers Market

We love walking to this farmer’s market if you decide to stay in one of our luxurious and spacious homes just north of the city center. North Scottsdale is home to pristine suburbs, cute shops, incredible nature, and luxurious boutique stores that are great for finding hidden gems.

And if you come to the North Scottsdale Farmers Market in the spring before there are tons of crowds in Arizona, you will find everything you want and more. This cool market is open from October to April, making it the ideal off-season thing to do.

We love coming here on the weekend and checking out the food producers, food trucks serving tasty breakfast and sweet treats, unique vendors selling homemade items, handmade jewelry to bring home as gifts, and crafts that are unbelievable. Plus, you can grab an iced coffee at Deja Brew Coffee, a tasty chocolate chip cookie at Desert Diva Cookies, and chewy Challah bread at Proof Bread food stall.

The best time to come here is on a weekend morning so you can get involved with the fuzz and vibe around the place. Head here anytime between 9 am and 1 pm on a Saturday or 10:30 and 2:30 pm on a Sunday for a post-hike treat!

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market

We love the fact that you can choose a place to stay in charming Old Town Scottsdale, wake up, and walk to the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market on North Brown Avenue in just a few minutes. Head here between 8 am and 1 pm in the off-season between October and April, or venture here between 8 am and 12 pm in May or June.

We love coming here early in the morning to get a coffee, breakfast, and sit and people watch before it gets too hot in the middle of the day. You can also pick up some tasty breakfast items to bring back to your lovely apartment, like organic eggs, fresh produce, free-range items, and organic meat and fish.

Uptown Farmers Market

Another great spot to check out to purchase local produce, pick up some fresh vegetables for your dinner, or see if there are any types of fruit you want for breakfast in the morning is the Uptown Farmers Market. This expansive market is located at North Phoenix Baptist Church in nearby Phoenix, so you’ll have to drive here to see what they have in store.

However, the 200+ local vendors, incredible food stalls, freshly baked artisan breads, local produce, and live music makes the trip more than worth it. We also love how this farmer’s market is open all year long, including in the heat of the summer, so it is the perfect place to bring kids on a sunny Sunday morning.

Craft Markets in Scottsdale

There are tons of free craft markets and artistic events that you can attend during your time in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Sparkle Spring Event is a huge craft market right on East Via de Ventura in the heart of the city that takes place at the end of April. There are also free arts, crafts, and gifts markets located on the Arizona Boardwalk throughout the spring and summer months!

Stay with Us at I Love Scottsdale

Do you need a luxurious and spacious place to stay with your friends and family? We have got you covered. I Love Scottsdale offers premier Scottsdale rental that can fit groups of any size. We know it can be hard to find accommodation options that work for large groups or specific preferences—but that is why we are the experts in our field.

Our homes are luxurious, spacious, cozy, comfortable, and relaxing. You can choose between vacation home rentals with outdoor pools, vacation condo rentals for smaller groups, Scottsdale villas for large families, or luxury rentals with add-on amenities that are simply to die for. Get started booking your dream holiday today!

Our hometown of Scottsdale is well-known throughout the world, providing a summer experience for travelers while also offering up world-class cuisine, a peek into the golden days of the Wild, Wild West, and being known as a shopping haven for everyone who finds their joy at the other end of a credit card. Today, we at I Love Scottsdale want to take a few moments from your day to discuss the benefits of retail therapy during your stay in “the West’s Most Western Town,” taking you on a tour of shops, stores, and boutiques that are destined to become your newest obsession. And when your credit card is wincing, your arms are aching from the weight of your packages, you will soon discover that coming home to our vacation sanctuaries is guaranteed to be the best way to rest, recuperate, and recharge for the next day’s shopping adventures.

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The Mall of Your Dreams

There once was a time when a visit to the mall made everything better, but with the advent of the internet, the world has turned to online stores to get in their shopping fixes, leaving the malls slowly dying, one by one. In Scottsdale, however, the online trend hasn’t affected the mall situation all that much, and the malls listed below are all perfect examples.

Kierland Commons, 15205 N Kierland Boulevard

There’s always something going on at Kierland Commons, an outdoor mall that feels like a small-town community. Offering special events that include holiday celebrations (pictures with Santa, Easter egg hunts with the Easter Bunny) and fine art and wine festivals, the restaurants attached to the mall will bring you joy. It’s the stores we want to discuss today, the places that welcome you with stylish clothing, creative art masterpieces, and every variety of merchandise that you can imagine. Offering 74+ stores that include your favorite places such as Crate & Barrel, Chanel, and Anthropologie, Kierland Commons springs from the desert landscape like a phoenix rising.

Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N Scottsdale Road

A relative newcomer to the mall landscape, Scottsdale Quarter is another open-air mall that proves how important malls are to our souls. Established just 10 years ago, this is where we take our tiny toddlers to play on a hot summer’s day, as their splash pad never ceases to amaze. Offering a tech-infused mini golf experience at Puttshack, a movie theater playing all the latest releases, and some of the Valley’s most delicious restaurants, the Quarter is a popular date-night spot as well as a haven to shopping fashionistas who can’t live another day without exploring its fashion landscape. This is also the mall our teens frequent, offering shops they love, including Free People, Van’s, and Sephora.

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E Camelback Road

As malls all over the nation have slowly shut their doors, Scottsdale Fashion Square has thrived, offering new ways to shop for luxury items as well as making other towns scratch their heads in wonder. THIS is where the other half shops, featuring over two million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment space and offering more than 225 retailers. Learn your shopping ABCs by shopping at stores such as Armani, Burberry, and Cartier, and discover just how long it will take to cover the entire alphabet of shops and boutiques found here. (Probably more time than you have, but you will enjoy the effort, we promise!) Also featuring haute cuisine restaurants—Ocean 44 for seafood, Francine for French cuisine, and Tocaya Modern Mexican for an authentic taste of the town—Scottsdale Fashion Square will be the mall you only dreamed could exist.

Old Town Is Where It’s At

The malls aren’t the only place to shop in Scottsdale, not by a long shot, and for those of you who have chosen our I Love Scottsdale Old Town escapes for your vacation abodes, the shops listed below could very well be within walking distance. There are a lot of shops in this area—Old Town is home to over 320 retail shops and 84 galleries, after all! We will start with the shops that are close to most traveler’s hearts, the top souvenir stores in the area.

Chantelle Southwest Gifts, 7223 E Main Street

Offering a southwestern slant to your typical souvenirs, Chantelle Southwest Gifts is a colorful shop filled with fun things you won’t be able to resist. Shoppers can even purchase a cactus to take home with them, serving as a reminder of the fantastic times they had during their desert vacation.

The Purple Saguaro, 7121 E 5th Avenue

The gifts and souvenirs found in the Purple Saguaro are different than the stereotypical magnets and shot glasses travelers often purchase (you can get either of those at the shops in Sky Harbor International Airport) and can be wonderful gifts for those you left behind watering your plants, feeding your dogs, or gathering your mail. Many of the wares in this charming shop are art pieces created by local artists and will be a beautiful addition to your midwestern home.

Old Town Candy & Toys, 4000 N Scottsdale Road Suite 101-102

This next shop is definitely unique, one that we aren’t quite sure fits into the souvenir category, but we are placing it here anyway. Offering a trip back in time with its old school candies, toys, books, and games, they do offer a small souvenir section stocked with the standard shot glasses, magnets, and a variety of Arizona-themed items, we can assure you that the entire family will have a great time shopping here.

Southwestern Reflections, 7221 E 1st Avenue

Family owned and offering a stunning selection of Southwestern-themed gifts, Southwestern Reflections is known for their exquisite and one-of-a-kind gifts that will bring joy to whoever receives them. The family that runs this charming shop has been doing so for two generations, providing a much-loved continuity in the community.

The Boutiques You Will Love

Although everyone loves shopping, the fashion maven in your life will be thrilled to visit these charming boutiques, bringing back armloads full of the latest fashions. Scottsdale is known for its sense of style, and the shops listed below will never disappoint.

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Carmen on 5th, 7126 E 5th Avenue A

Scottsdale is famous for a lot of things, but it is generally not known as a discount town, which makes the low prices at Carmen on 5th a fantastic anomaly—but even better, the clothing inside is stylish as well. Also offering a selection of gifts, accessories, and décor items, this special shop should be placed at the top of your list.

FOMO-AZ, 7094 E 5th Avenue

Everyone suffers from a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out), but you won’t be missing a thing when you visit FOMO on 5th Avenue in Old Town. Offering an intimate collection of women’s wear, the clothing offered here could grace the pages of the latest fashion magazines and includes colorful baby doll dresses, rompers, and silky gowns that look even better worn than they do on the hanger.

Garage Boutique & Concept Store, 7144 E Stetson Drive #110

All the best dressed kids of Scottsdale start their shopping experiences with a visit to Garage Boutique & Concept Store, featuring high style clothing from the most prestigious design houses. Also offering clothing for young adult women as well, this store is a must-visit; just be sure you have room in your luggage, because once you see all they have to offer, you will NEED to add the clothing to your collection.

Old Town Gypsy, 3950 N Brown Avenue

Selling handmade designer clothing, home décor, and a selection of gifts that anyone would be thrilled to receive, Old Town Gypsy offers a funky flair that will speak loudly to the deeply buried gypsy in your soul. The shop is cozy, but is filled to the brim with lovely items, ensuring that you will need to take more than a few minutes examining all they sell.

All That Glitters

The best souvenirs are the ones that are shiny and glittery, and the jewelry stores of Scottsdale offer a peek into how the other half lives. Our silver stores are an authentic reflection of our southwestern region and are plentiful in the Old Town area, but there are also shops selling precious and semi-precious gems as well as gold jewelry, and your jewelry box will appreciate the boost of ice you provide it.

Silver Star Jewelry, 7257 E 1st Avenue

Since the Native Americans who were the original settlers of the Southwest were first introduced to the beauty and style of silver in the 1600s, they have taken the art as their own, raising the creation of silver jewelry to new levels of wonderful, and Silver Star Jewelry offers an excellent representation of the art. Specializing in Native American and Southwestern pieces, this is a great spot to purchase turquoise, they also sell fashion jewelry, local art, and a variety of other jewelry pieces.

J. Eriksson Jewelers, 7041 E 1st Avenue

For over 50 years, J. Eriksson has been the place to visit when seeking unique jewelry, and if you are thinking of using your upcoming Arizona vacation to ask the biggest question of your life, this shop would be the perfect spot to purchase the accompanying piece of jewelry. Designing jewelry for over 50 years in Old Town Scottsdale, everything they sell is made on the premises.

Native Traditions, 7233 E Main Street B

The last of our Old Town jewelry shops, Native Traditions, specializes in the art of silver and turquoise, offering a distinctly Arizonan vibe that will serve as beautiful souvenirs of your Southwest adventures. Also selling a selection of locally created art, Native Traditions provides the perfect transition into our next selection of shops in Old Town.

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The Art of Arizona

You may have noticed some of the art that decorates the walls and shelves of your I Love Scottsdale sanctuary, perhaps falling in love with some of the more colorful pieces. We can’t offer any of that art for sale, but we can direct you to the local galleries where we and our owners have done a large majority of our shopping. The shops below are some of our favorites, but if you happen to be wandering along the sidewalks of Old Town Scottsdale and see a gallery that isn’t on our list but captures your eye, please be sure to go in. The artists of Arizona are all a talented bunch, and you may find the perfect masterpiece for your home.

Cowboy Legacy Gallery, 7077 E Main Street #10

Offering the largest selection of cowboy art and artifacts, it only seems appropriate that you purchase cowboy art in the “West’s Most Western Town.”. Their emphasis is on Western landscapes, but they also offer Western saddles, pottery, and bronze statues.

Esses Rare Objects d’ Art, 7169 E Main Street #4315

Specializing in 19th century fine arts and antiques, we at I Love Scottsdale can spend hours in the and never have the same experience twice. Esses Rare Objects d’ Art is always on the hunt for new—er, old—pieces to line their shelves, and your visit will never fail to fascinate.

King Galleries, 7077 E Main Street #17-20

The Native American art sold at King Galleries comes from all over the Southwest, as they offer another gallery located in the heart of Santa Fe. They sell classic pieces that may include wedding vases, paintings, and sculpture pieces that will add color to your life.

The Comfort of Home

After a day spent exploring the shops of Scottsdale, coming home to the comforts of our I Love Scottsdale vacation sanctuaries will be a welcome relief to your tired feet and aching arms. Kick off your shoes and sink into the depths of our plush sofas, soothe your tired muscles by soaking in hot tubs on the deck, and sleep deep in our cloud soft beds, waking every morning ready for a new day of shopping adventures. Reserve your favorite property with us today!

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Did you know that Scottsdale has about 330 days of sunshine every year? Our sunny weather is one of many reasons you may have had for choosing a Scottsdale vacation. When you visit, chances are you will be wanting to be outside as much as possible, especially if your own hometown is known for gray skies, cold weather, and lots of rain. When you choose our Scottsdale sanctuaries to stay in during your Arizona trip of a lifetime, this guide to outdoor adventures will help you fill all the moments with fun, sun, and excitement!

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Seasons of the Sun

There are more outdoor adventures our guests can enjoy than we probably have time to write about, and if we just started listing them all, chances are, some would get lost in the crowd. Additionally, although we are famous for sunshine, we are also famous for scorching hot summers, and we would hate to mislead you; some adventures just aren’t safe to participate in when the mercury reaches triple digits. With that being said, this guide to all the fun you can have under the sun (your outdoor adventures) will be divided into seasons, and although it would seem logical to start with the first season of the year, we are going to start during the time of year when indoor activities are best, the summer months.

Summer Is for Air Conditioning

Summer generally starts in May in Arizona, with the first 100-degree days occurring somewhere around the 11th, so if you are planning a Memorial Day getaway to the desert, pack your sunscreen, and remember, it’s a dry heat! Fortunately, even as the mercury is climbing, May is still pretty awesome, and if you rent one of our I Love Scottsdale vacation rentals with a pool, you will do absolutely fine. Here are some ideas on how to fill your summer months in Scottsdale.

Arizona Balloon Safaris, (480) 502-7640

The beauty of Scottsdale will be appreciated even more when enjoyed from the basket of a hot air balloon, and our May visitors will be able to experience a Sunrise Balloon Tour on any day. Hot air ballooning is best in the warmer months, and tours can be taken on weekends in July and August. These tours are also the perfect time to ask any burning questions that may be in your mind—you know, the kind that are usually accompanied by a piece of shiny jewelry?

McDonald’s Ranch Horseback Rides, 26540 N Scottsdale Road

As you visit the “West’s Most Western Town,” it only seems appropriate that you participate in an authentic cowboy experience, that of a horseback trail ride. This is actually a year-round adventure, but in the summer months, the trail rides will only take place at sunrise or sunset. Early rising is a must for playing outdoors in the hottest months of summer, but when you are ambling through the Sonoran Desert astride a gentle steed, we don’t think you will mind the early hours.

Watch the Diamondbacks Play from Chase Field, 401 E Jefferson Street in Phoenix

Ok, this next adventure is technically a PHOENIX outdoor adventure, but the ballpark is only 12.5 miles from Old Town Scottsdale, and the stadium features a retractable dome roof while also offering air conditioning. Could there be any finer way to celebrate the season than by watching the boys of summer play their hearts out? We don’t think so!

Family Barbecue, Poolside in Your I Love Scottsdale Vacation Sanctuary

We did mention the importance of a pool as the temperatures rise, and even as you may be adding heat to the fire while grilling your favorite meats, being able to jump into the crystal-clear waters of a pool will help keep your core temperature down to a manageable and enjoyable level!

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Fall Starts Late in the Desert

Sometimes it can be frustrating for our hometown desert dwellers to be watching commercials for sweaters and bonfires and then we walk outside to temps that are still in the triple digits, but our visitors from colder climates heartily approve of the extended summer vibe! What little humidity that has hung around during monsoon season, however, will have drifted away, and when the sun sets, the evenings truly begin to feel wonderful, and these outdoor adventures are designed to make the most out of the shorter and cooler days of fall.

Chaparral Park, 5401 Hayden Road

Chaparral Park consumes some 100 acres of desert landscape and includes a 10-acre lake that is stocked with fish twice a month, ensuring your fishing adventures will be successful ones. Stocked with trout from October through March and catfish from April to July and September and October, there is no better way to celebrate the sun and a dream Arizona vacation than by spending a few precious hours pitting your wits against hungry fish. There are limits to what you can bring home, and fishing licenses must be obtained for anglers 10 and up, but we can promise that a good time will still be had. Also offering a dog park, if you have chosen one of our pet friendly rentals, the park is a great place to help your sweet fur baby release any excess energy.

Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E Dynamite Boulevard

As the season progresses, dreams of long days spent on the green grass of any of our Scottsdale courses will come true. Troon North, of course, offers the penultimate in golf adventures, and as you zip around the immaculately groomed landscape, the Sonoran Desert will offer a ruggedly beautiful backdrop to your favorite sport. With two courses to choose from, Monument and Pinnacle, the only thing better than spending the day chasing that dimpled white ball around will be bragging about the hole in one you scored at the Dynamite Grill at the end of play. Just be warned, tradition has it that whoever hits a hole in one has to buy drinks for everyone, so maybe it won’t be a bad thing to not play so well!

Saguaro Lake Marina, 14011 N Bush Highway

As summer extends into fall, boating on Saguaro Lake can be one of the activities that brings you the most joy during your fall getaway in Scottsdale. Technically, this lake resides within the city limits of Mesa, but the road trip takes visitors through some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes, and although there are more than a few boat rental places in the area, you will probably appreciate not having to maneuver a trailer and boat around hairpin curves in the mountainous terrain that leads to the lake. The Marina offers rentals year-round and is open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM until 4 PM. Spend your day fishing, waterskiing, or just relaxing in the serenity that accompanies all large bodies of water and when you are hungry, dock your boat in front of Shiprock Restaurant, enjoying stunning views with your burger and fries!

A Winter Wonderland

When you first experience Scottsdale in the winter, you will rethink the term winter wonderland altogether. With daylight temps ranging between 60 to 80 degrees, depending how late in the season you visit, you will want every adventure to be an outdoor one. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see that some of our deciduous trees are finally turning fall colors, even in the middle of winter, because just like fall, winter also arrives late. This next list of outdoor adventures are destined to be the ones you will wish never had to end.

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Time for a Hike

The sun is shining, and the temperatures are practically perfect, which means that it is time to hit the hiking trails. Whether you are exploring the trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or are looking forward to conquering the challenging Camelback Mountain (You won’t have trouble recognizing which mountain is Camelback; it’s the one that looks like a camel resting under the desert sun!), there really is no better way to fall in love with the beauty of the Scottsdale landscape than with a nice long hike on a perfect winter day.

Topgolf Scottsdale, 9500 Talking Stick Way

Don’t have the time to spend the entire day on the courses of Scottsdale? Topgolf combines the fun of a sports bar with the thrill of hitting a golf bar and is a great date night option. (Date nights can be enjoyed on vacations too, you know!) Offering a full bar and restaurant, hanging out here will be a highlight of your Arizona adventures. And if it’s raining? Unless there is a major winter storm with lightning and high winds, you can safely play as badly needed rains soak the arid desert landscape. FYI, this high-tech golf game is addictive, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself returning more than once.

Phoenix Waste Management Open, TPC Scottsdale, 17020 Hayden Road

Not all adventures have to be ones in which you participate. Consider watching from the sidelines as your favorite golfers play for the win! The Phoenix Waste Management Open is a PGA event that takes place in Scottsdale every year, generally right around the Super Bowl, and as you follow the professionals through the most beautiful landscape in the state, be sure to spend some time at the 16th hole, perhaps the rowdiest hole in the entire PGA. This was where Tiger Woods made a hole in one back in 1997. The crowds went wild and have stayed wild even as nearly 25 years have passed since that fateful shot.

When It’s Springtime in Arizona

As we grow ever closer to the end of our Arizona outdoor adventures list, we have to tell you that spring is probably our favorite season of all. This is another perfect time to hike along the trails that are so popular in the winter months, checking out a desert that is full of color as the wildflowers bloom wildly. Even the cacti that we are famous for will bloom, with the saguaro’s bloom (our state flower) presenting a cheerful white contrast to the green structure, the barrel cactus offering a variety of colors, and the prickly pear also providing a variety of colors as well as a fruit that is used in margaritas, candies, and a variety of other sweet treats.

Desert Biking

Beautiful days and miles of trails make mountain biking a popular winter and spring sport, and since we doubt you have carried your own mountain bike in your luggage, a visit to REI Co-op Adventure Center Arizona will solve your problem, allowing you to rent a bike and the equipment you need to stay safe. Located at 17465 N 93rd Street, they also offer tours for those who are unsure about exploring bike trails alone. If you are venturing out into the desert by yourself, they can also provide maps to trails such as the Corral Loop at Brown’s Ranch and Granite Mountain from 136th Street Trail.

Cactus League Spring Training

Spring Training is a big deal in the Phoenix area, and the Cactus League is home to 15 Major League Baseball teams, playing in 10 different stadiums all over the valley. The Arizona Diamondbacks are our hometown heroes, but other major teams, including the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, make the Valley of the Sun their springtime home.

All the Adventures Start and Finish with I Love Scottsdale

There aren’t enough words to describe all the things you can do during your Scottsdale getaway, no matter what season you are planning on being in Arizona. All the adventures you can enjoy, however, will start and finish in the most comfortable of ways when you choose I Love Scottsdale for your Arizona abode. Reserve your favorite sanctuary today!

Scottsdale can be super hot – especially during June, July, and August – but with our tips and tricks, you can have fun, stay cool, and see tons of amazing spots in this bustling city! Check out our guide to beating the heat during summer in Scottsdale below.

Head to a Waterpark This Summer in Scottsdale

One of the best ways to beat the summer heat and stay cool during the triple-digit temperatures is to go to a waterpark with your kids in Scottsdale, AZ! Scottsdale is home to various water parks and outdoor park areas that are ideal for swimming, hopping in an inner tube, floating down a lazy river, or cruising down a high-speed slide into ice-cold water.

The Great Wolf Water Park on North Pima Road is a fantastic spot to check out to beat the heat. This cool and laid-back spot has an indoor water park with areas for toddlers, small kids, and teens alike. You can cool off inside the warm room, filled with kiddie pools, slides, and games that are fun for the entire family.

Take Part in Some Watersports

If adrenaline and fun is really your speed, then we recommend checking out the numerous lakes and rivers that are just a short drive away from the downtown area of Scottsdale. Not only is this great for keeping your fitness up while on vacation, but you can also partake in kayaking, boating, canoeing with your partner, or stand-up paddleboarding through the water.

Just 30 miles away from Scottsdale is the flowing Salt River, which is the ideal spot for inner tubing, floating down the slow river, kayaking, or stand-up paddle boarding. The Lower Salt River is perfect for beginners who want to go at a slow pace. In contrast, the Upper Salt River is the best spot for avid kayakers who have experience with intense rapids, drops, and waterfalls.

Or, if you want to cruise down the river while looking out at the never-ending and picturesque Sonoran Desert, the Verde River near the Salt River is the perfect half-day trip for fishing, birding, animal-watching, picnicking, or taking photos of the incredible wildlife.

Grab Popcorn for a Dine-In Movie

We know that it can be super hot during the day. That is why heading out on the town in the evening is one of the best ways to see Scottsdale without breaking a sweat! We recommend going to one of the fun dine-in movie locations in Scottsdale to check out a family flick or action movie with your friends while sitting poolside with a few drinks.

Find the Best Ice Cream in Scottsdale

Another way to stay cool during the hot summer months is to find the best ice cream in the entire city! Luckily for you, we have done the taste testing for you, so you can hit up the best spots for a post-dinner treat or mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Head to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on East 5th Avenue right in the heart of the town to try some of their unique flavors, cool combinations, and crunchy waffle cones. We love the Fluffernutter Pie with vanilla marshmallow and oat pie crust, Powdered Jelly Donut with raspberry jelly, and the Maple Soaked Pancakes with salted butter and maple syrup cream.

Another popular sport that is a must-visit for families with kids is The Gelato Spot. We love this casual cafe that is like an Italian cafe, featuring gelato, coffee, and cool combos that you wouldn’t typically find in a normal ice cream shop. Head here for dinner to share one of their supersized pizzas and finish the evening with a cup of gelato and a tiny espresso. We love the pumpkin pie flavor and affogatos for an unforgettable treat.

Why You Should Book with Us at I Love Scottsdale

As you can see, visiting Scottsdale during the super-humid and hot June and July months doesn’t have to be unbearable. In fact, this is oftentimes one of the most popular periods for tourists, as you can partake in watersports, go hiking, check out the downtown shops, and try some of the best drinks, ice cream, and food in the entire state.

And when you stay with us at I Love Scottsdale, you can put your faith and trust in the hands of Scottsdale’s vacation rental experts. We offer luxury rentals, Scottsdale villas, pet-friendly homes, cute condos, vacation condos, and vacation homes to suit your needs.

Summer is the best time to visit Scottsdale. You get the best weather, long sunny days, and tons of activities to do with your friends. Keep reading to see a few must-do items to include on your Scottsdale summer vacation getaway.

Take Your Friends for a Scottsdale Summer Hike

One of the best things you can do in the summertime to see incredible sights, break a sweat, burn a few calories, and explore the great outdoors is to go hiking. Lucky for you, there is no shortage of trails in Scottsdale, ranging from easy jaunts to tough dessert walks that take multiple hours. Whether you are with your kids for an easy walk or are an avid mountaineer, there is truly something for everyone.

One of the best hikes we recommend for a hot summer day is the Gateway Loop Trail at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This exciting and easy walk is perfect for those who want to get outside in the desert without spending too long in the heat. You can walk on the well-defined path to see the numerous cacti, hills, lush greenery, and red rocks.

Another summer outing choice is the Pinnacle Peak summit Trail. We recommend heading here early in the morning to avoid crowds and hit the top before the sun gets too hot! Head to North Scottsdale early in the morning, ideally pre-sunrise, to tackle the 3.5-mile trail and hit the top as the sun rises. We promise you will love the incredible views, wildlife, and 1,300 feet in elevation gain!

Lastly, many more hikes in the large McDowell Sonoran Preserve make it easy for you to combine paths, find trails for everyone, and spend a few days trekking through this incredible wildlife sanctuary. We recommend hiking Lost Dog Wash, a moderate 5-mile hike that has minimal elevation gain but takes around 2-3 hours to complete.

Water Activities

Numerous watersports and water-based activities in Scottsdale can help you cool off during the hot and humid summer months. We recommend going on the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to coast along the water, have fun hanging out on the boat, and watch kid-friendly movies with the entire family. Purchase some popcorn, sodas, and treats as you snuggle up together and get a great seat for this fun night out.

Next, of course, you need to visit a waterpark if you’re in Scottsdale with your family. Kids love this fun-filled and exciting destination that features large pools for swimming and diving, water slides for whizzing down into the cold water, and toddler play areas for smaller children. Head to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Grand Resort and Spa, or Oasis Water Park for floating down a lazy river and hitting the tiki bar.

Sip On an Iced Coffee

If you hit an early morning hike and come down to Scottsdale feeling a bit hot and flustered, we have just the solution. Many cafes in the downtown area are great for grabbing an iced coffee, relaxing, and chilling out after a pre-sunrise hike in the humid weather.

Head to Black Rock Coffee Bar on Thomas Road to sip on iced coffee, sit by the window, and see the expansive views. We love some of their unique offerings, like the Mexican Mocha with hints of vanilla and almond, Jackhammer with vanilla mocha and a double shot, Blackout With hazelnut mocha, or IV with Irish cream, vanilla breve, and a whopping 6 caffeinated espresso shots!

Another great spot to have an iced coffee, iced tea, or smoothie is Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea on 8th Street, featuring a casual and laid-back vibe that is perfect for light snacks, tea, and strong espresso-laden coffee. If you are more in the mood for a strong espresso or sitting and doing some remote work during a sunshine break, then head to Press Coffee in the Scottsdale Quarter for freshly roasted coffee and minimalist decor.

Stay with Us at I Love Scottsdale

Not sure where to stay during your upcoming summer getaway in the beautiful state of Arizona? Well, we have done the hard work for you so you can just show up, relax, and explore the breathtaking desert, bustling downtown area, and buzzy cafes.

At I Love Scottsdale, we offer the best of the best in terms of properties, locations, and customer service. We have properties dotted all around the city and countryside, offering close proximity to tell what there is to do and see in the city and seclusion so you can have privacy in your own home. We have homes and condos in Kierland, Old Town, Desert Ridge, downtown Scottsdale, and Rio Verde.

Plus, our homes are luxurious and high-end. We offer outdoor fire pits for roasting s’mores and sipping wine at night, private putt-putt golf courses for practicing your stroke, private outdoor pools for swimming during the heat of the day, and outdoor dining areas for nice al fresco meals. Contact us today at I Love Scottsdale to have the best vacation of your entire life — we guarantee it!

Spring Training is back! Once again, MLB players are heading to Arizona to prepare for the long season ahead, and it’s your chance to catch them in a more intimate environment before they return to the huge ballparks they all call home. Arizona is home to Cactus League play, and if you’re hoping to see your favorite player or team, a stay in our Scottsdale vacation rentals is a vacation you won’t want to miss! Read to learn all about visiting Scottsdale for Spring Training 2024.

There Are Numerous Ballparks

There are tons of ballparks hosting Spring Training games throughout the pre-summer months in Arizona. Some of the most popular ballparks include Sloan Park and Scottsdale Stadium.

The good thing about visiting Sloan Park during your Spring Training trip is that the seats at the stadium have at least a little bit of shade, so you won’t have to worry about getting a sunburn during a long 9-inning game between your favorite team and their rivals. If you don’t mind a little sun and want to save some money, you can even buy lawn tickets for games at Sloan Park—tickets are as low as $10 for games in advance.

If you are just coming to Scottsdale to watch ball games at any level, you can see some of the lesser-visited teams, like the academy and prospect teams, in the backfield at Sloan Park. Sloan Park is a huge complex featuring parking lots, different fields, Riverview Park, the Sheraton Hotel, and general parking. Walk to the back fields to see the prospects and minor league second-string players during their training sessions.

You can also grab some food in and around Sloan Park if you make the trip from downtown Scottsdale to this stadium. Local food trucks rotate daily around the ballpark, so you never have to get the same thing twice.

For those who want convenience and closeness to Old Town Scottsdale, especially if you are staying in one of our walkable rentals right in the middle of Old Town, visiting Scottsdale Stadium could be a great choice for attending a game. Although the prices are higher, the stadium is super close to all Scottsdale attractions, making it great for those who want to walk to dinner, head to the game, and walk back to Old Town for drinks.

Local Restaurants for Spring Training 2024

If you are not in the mood for food truck grub, don’t fret — there are tons of restaurants near Scottsdale Stadium and cool marketplaces, bars, and dinner spots near Sloan Park that are great for a post-game meal to discuss the exciting sport you just saw! There are numerous restaurants in the Valley and the Mesa, especially Mesa Riverview, right across the street from Sloan Park, featuring river views and fresh food.

Or you can go to Tempe Marketplace before the game to pick up some fresh produce, fruit, iced coffee, and a healthy lunch before walking 30 minutes to Sloan Park. For those who want Italian food and hearty sandwiches, Portillo’s at the Tempe Marketplace is the ideal lunch stop to fill up before having a few beers at the ball game.

Other unique restaurants in and around the ballparks include the Old Town Tortilla Factory for the best Mexican food in the area, Citizen Public House for draft beers, The Sugar Bowl for a kid-friendly atmosphere, and Paul Martin’s American Grill for fair prices, tasty steaks, and friendly servers.

Additional Entertainment

If you want some baseball-themed entertainment surrounding the spring league and spring training, head to the Innings Festival to involve yourself in all things baseball. The Innings Festival is a yearly music festival that features podcast hosts, talk show hosts, baseball fanatics, and talented bands, even getting the likes of super-popular stars like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Third Eye Blind.

Or stay in the area and head to the Extra Innings Festival in March to listen to upcoming artists, country music stars, young artists like Noah Kahan, and well-known legends, like Sheryl Crow. Lastly, the ASU Gammage Theater offers musicals, shows, concerts, and plays from around the world, which can be fun to go to after a day in the sunshine at one of the stadiums.

How to Get Tickets

Look online to find tickets for games that work with your schedule. We recommend using Tickets Center, GoTickets, or the City of Scottsdale official website to see what tickets and games are still available for your upcoming dates.

Stay with Us at I Love Scottsdale

Instead of cramming into a small hotel room that is near one of the stadiums, we recommend checking out our properties online to see which one meets your unique needs. We have modern apartments right in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, cute condos in Old Town, large houses in suburban neighborhoods, and much more.

All of our properties are fully equipped with high-end amenities, outdoor space to enjoy the sunshine, and ample interior space to chill out, relax, and take a nap after a long day of watching the spring training. Our rentals are conveniently located, so you can walk or take public transportation to the stadiums in no time.